- File Size: 453 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 395533886X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing; 1 edition (October 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075RD8CZD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#721,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #3138 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Lesbian Romance
- #3854 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Romance > Lesbian
- #4010 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Lesbian Fiction
|Print List Price:||$15.99|
Save $6.00 (38%)
Party Wall Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
When Lily moves to Freya’s small town from the big city and opens “A Woman’s Pleasure” next door, the stage is set for major conflict. It’s not just that Freya disapproves of the sort of merchandise Lily’s shop purveys—lingerie, spicy books and sex toys. The Cuban woman’s lush curves, colorful clothing, rowdy music, and sexual openness disturb, offend and anger Freya. However, nothing can alter the fact that Freya and Lily live side by side, with only a thin wall separating the flats above their respective stores where they reside.
Lily makes it clear that she wants Freya for a friend, and maybe more. But Freya’s not ready to allow another lover to tarnish Sarah’s memory, especially someone as exuberant and bold as her neighbor.
I love Cheyenne Blue’s erotica. Party Wall is the fourth romance by Ms. Blue that I’ve read and reviewed, and in my opinion, the best. She does an impressive job evoking the complex, shifting emotional dynamics between Freya and Lily, shaping two full-fleshed, believable characters. She also writes exquisite passages that capture the unwelcome desire Freya experiences, despite her attempts to suppress this. Meanwhile, Lily tries with mixed success not to push herself on Freya, who has made it clear she’s not interested in having Lily as a lover.
There’s a lot of sexual tension in this book, even though there’s no actual sexual activity until the very end. In one of my favorite scenes, Lily and Freya are both consoling Carly, after she has left her cheating husband. The three of them sleep in Lily’s large bed, with Carly in the middle for comfort. Despite the summer humidity, Freya dons flannel pajamas, to hide herself from Lily’s eyes, then is so uncomfortable she’s unable to sleep . The heat she feels is more than just the effects of the temperature.
Party Wall has the inevitability of romance. We know that Lily and Freya will ultimately get together, but up until very late in the novel, it’s hard to imagine how. That’s meant as a compliment!
My one criticism of the book has to do with its treatment of men. Man, actually. There’s only one significant male character in the book, Carly’s husband Andy, and unfortunately, he’s an utter bastard. Not only does he cheat on his wife with his secretary, he also breaks into Lily’s apartment, insults, threatens and ultimately attacks both Lily and Freya, and tries to force Carly to come back home with him. He’s violent and abusive, to the point that one wonders why someone like Carly ever married him.
I know, of course, that there are men like Andy out there, men who think they own “their” women, who believe that they’re justified in using physical force to take what is “belongs to them”. However, in this case, I think the author could have achieved her goals without making the character so extreme. As it stands, Andy’s character feeds the oft-voiced popular opinion that lesbians are “hostile to men”. I really worry that some people will dismiss Ms. Blue’s book with this sort of criticism.
Overall, though, Party Wall is a delightful book. If you’re a fan of lesbian romance, I recommend it highly.
The summary is that Lily, an incredibly warm and gregarious woman, starts a woman-centric sex shop next to Freya's woman-centric spiritual store. Physically, a thin wall divides their spaces, and everything that Lily does, from the sounds she creates and the space she takes up to her very presence, inadvertently triggers Freya, bringing out Freya's ice-queen. The two clash constantly in a way where Freya creates the confrontation but, interestingly, Lily doesn't take the bait. Lily isn't a doormat and intelligently responds, having way more patience than most.
I don't know. I just found the story interesting and different from the usual fare.
The writer was smart to give us the story in alternating perspectives between Lily and Freya so we could get their take on the other and why. Freya is cold to the max but we get to see her be warm with other people and realize something specific about Lily is bringing out her raging ice-queen side. We don't find out what that is until late in the story but we at least do get a reason.
I was wary of the "spiritual" aspect of the book, 1) because I'm atheist and 2) I have some not great experiences with "spiritual" shops and new age type religions but the spiritual element was centered on mindfulness, really. Mindfulness is the practice of observation without judgement and is now often used as a therapeutic strategy for trauma survivors so I got what Freya was doing.
The plot, characters, dialogue, and pacing were all fine to me.
I think what was missing that I would've liked to have seen more of was Lily actually falling for Freya. I believe this was meant or implied to have occurred over the weeks/months of Lily seeing Freya in different settings (yoga instructor, with her friend, etc) but it wasn't shown too much. That or have more time with Freya and Lily as a couple together after they acknowledge their feelings. But, these are fairly minor complaints.
For diversity, Lily's character is Cuban-Australian so there's some ethnic diversity in this. Lily is also depicted as a plus size woman and Freya is not considered conventionally physically attractive which was a nice change from the supermodel leads we often see.
On the whole, I enjoyed the read.
Most recent customer reviews
This story is told in third person and from both heroine’s point of views. Given both Freya and Lily are such complex characters, it’s the perfect style of...Read more